Port of Houston Authority facilities resumed normal operations at all terminals Sept. 18 in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. PHA was granted U.S. Coast Guard clearance for all of its facilities late Wednesday and employees reported back to work. PHA opened its Barbours Cut, Bayport and Turning Basin terminals Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon, and 1- 5 p.m. Carnival Cruise's Conquest arrived at the Port of Houston Authority's new Bayport Cruise Terminal Sept. 18 and disembarked 380 passengers. On Sept. 19, Carnival's Ecstasy disembarked approximately 550 passengers. These passengers opted to remain aboard the vessels following their respective voyages. Both Carnival's Conquest and Ecstasy vessels were docked in New Orleans, where they were deployed following the closure of the Port of Galveston due to Hurricane Ike. PHA expedited the opening of the cruise terminal to facilitate the request of Carnival Cruise. PHA estimates nearly 4,000 passengers are expected from Carnival's Conquest and Ecstasy cruise ships Sept. 20 and 21. PHA has an agreement with Carnival to operate these vessels while the Port of Galveston recovery efforts continue. For more information, visit www.portofhouston.com or Carnival Cruise Lines' Web site, www.carnival.comwww.carnival.com.

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